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5 reasons why autonomous cars aren't coming anytime soon

Apr. 22, 2019 2:08 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you'll get an almost universal answer: Not...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after Easter Sunday bombings

Apr. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

Sri Lankan authorities flicked the off switch on most social media after Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels killed hundreds of people, a lightning fast reaction that reflects accumulated distrust in the capability of American internet companies to control harmful content. The block on social media...

Melinda Gates talks 'brash' Microsoft culture in new book

Apr. 22, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Looking back at her time as an early Microsoft employee, Melinda Gates said the brash culture at the famously tough, revolutionary tech company made her want to quit, but that she didn't discuss it with her boyfriend, and later her husband, Bill Gates, the company CEO who embodied that...

Hawaii utilities board approves Maui Electric rate increase

Apr. 22, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved the first base-rate increase in six years by Maui Electric Company Ltd., officials said. The power company announced the 3.7% increase Friday and expects the change to generate $12.1 million in annual revenue, The Maui News reported...

The Latest: Forecasters confirm 4 tornadoes in Virginia

Apr. 20, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the South (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Four suspected tornadoes have been reported in Virginia. The National Weather Service says damage has been reported Friday night after twisters touched down in Reston, Fredericks Hall, Barham and Forksville. Authorities...

Charter agrees to expand rural broadband under deal with NY

Apr. 19, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Charter Communications will expand broadband internet access upstate under a tentative deal with New York regulators. Under the proposed agreement announced Friday, Charter will roll out broadband service to 145,000 upstate customers before October 2021 — a move projected to cost...

Arkansas medical marijuana sales set to begin in mid-May

Apr. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Medical marijuana sales in Arkansas are set to begin around May 12 as cultivators plan to begin harvesting the plant in the coming days and regulators finish the approval process for the state's first dispensaries. Department of Finance and Administration Spokesman Scott Hardin...

FDA OKs 1st generic nasal spray of overdose reversal drug

Apr. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

U.S. regulators have approved the first generic nasal spray version of Narcan, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday OK'd naloxone spray from Israel's Teva Pharmaceuticals. Naloxone has been sold as a nasal spray in the U.S. since 2016 under the brand name Narcan....

Toyota, SoftBank fund, Denso invest $1 billion in Uber

Apr. 19, 2019 1:02 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top automaker Toyota, auto parts maker Denso and internet company SoftBank's investment fund are investing $1 billion in car-sharing Uber's technology unit. The Japanese companies said Friday that Toyota Motor Corp. and Denso Corp. will together invest $667 million and SoftBank Corp.'s...

Asian stocks rise in quiet holiday trading

Apr. 18, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock indexes rose moderately in quiet holiday trading on Good Friday as some markets were closed. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.5% in early trading to 22,191.98. South Korea's Kospi rose 0.3% to 2,221.1. The Shanghai Composite gained 0.6% to 3,269.59. Some markets remain...